Could That Rattling Sound Be Your Compressor?

Is your air conditioner making a rattling sound? Is it taking a little longer to kick up and start? These are two big indicators that your system may have compressor problem. 

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What is a compressor?

Let’s take this one step at a time. First, what is a compressor? A compressor pressurizes the refrigerant gas and allows it to redistribute through the air conditioning system. Regular maintenance is as simple as checking your system every so often to make sure everything is intact.

What should I do if I think I have a compressor problem?

When you come across an issue that you believe is the compressor, here’s what you should do:

  • Has your system lost power? Make sure it’s not an electrical issue. Double check outlets and wiring, also look to see if your compressor has burned out. You will be able to see electrical problems and burnout by looking at the wires inside your system. If the compressor is burned out, your system will not start at all. Electrical problems in your system should always be handled by a technician for your safety.
  • Check the pressure gauges. Your owner’s manual will specify the proper pressure readings your system should be giving. If your gauges are off, call us. Only properly trained technicians should handle pressure issues within air conditioning units.
  • A key indication of compressor problems is--you guessed it--when cool air does not flow from the unit. If your compressor is worn or loose, it can be fixed by replacing the gauge ports on the compressor. No need to replace your entire unit when this happens--the wear and tear on the compressor is normal and usually a simple fix.
  • If your system starts and stops on its own, known by technicians as “hard starting,” your system is using a lot of extra energy to run, but is not necessarily keeping your rooms at the desired temperatures. Hard starting indicates an electrical problem within the compressor and should be handled by professionals to ensure the safety of everyone in the home.
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Two key things to remember when you suspect a fault in your system

  • Make sure it’s plugged in and that it’s not unplugged or not working because of a tripped breaker. (It happens to all of us.)
  • Certified technicians like the ones at Casey Services are trained to help--especially with electrical problems that could be dangerous for you to handle on your own.

Not every sputter will result in needing to replace your air conditioning system. With this in mind, let the professionals at Casey Services help you maintain your investment. Call us anytime for a consultation.

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